Burglars always aim for the easiest target. They want to get in, snatch what they can, and leave as quickly as possible. In fact, the average burglary takes just 8 to 12 minutes. So, how can you discourage intruders from targeting your home? Clever manufacturers have crafted a variety of unorthodox and even hilarious gadgets to help keep your valuables safe and burglars away.
1. Fake Television
Burglars love uninhabited homes. Whether you work late shifts or plan to leave town for a few weeks, the fake television can make it seem like you’re still at home enjoying your favorite sitcoms. This compact gadget emits the same wavelengths of light as a standard household TV while consuming the power of a small night light. Simply set it on a desk or table and watch as the clever box mimics color changes, scene transitions, and movement. You can set a timer for how long you want the phony programming to run. The fake TV also detects light and automatically activates when it gets dark, making it a perfect set-it-and-forget-it tool for vacations. Once intruders notice the light, they’ll likely move on.
2. Barking Dog Alarm
This obnoxious gadget will send intruders sprinting off of your property at the sound of man’s best friend. When an intruder gets too close to an entry point, the barking dog alarm mimics the loud, fierce bark of an angry German Shepherd. If the intruder doesn’t leave, the barking becomes more ferocious and relentless. You can also adjust the volume and range and manually trigger the alarm using the configured remote control. The alarm plugs into a standard wall outlet or can operate on batteries.
3. Wall Outlet Safe
Speaking of wall outlets, this fake compartment looks like an ideal place to plug in your phone charger. What an intruder won’t guess is that the outlet folds out into a compartment for you to store valuables such as keys, cash, jewelry, and valuable documents. It’s a clever way to keep your valuables safe if the worst happens.
4. Mailbox Alert System
In-home valuables aren’t the only thing burglars are after. Identity thieves often snatch valuable personal information contained in bills, bank account statements, and other documents delivered by mail. A wireless mail chime lets you know whenever someone accesses your mailbox with a beeping sound and flashing LED lights.
5. Memory Switch
A memory switch integrates with your home’s lighting system and gathers information about when you turn lights on and off. It then reproduces these actions when you’re not home to convince outsiders that someone is still inside. Some memory switches can also adjust the lighting intervals slightly to make them seem more natural and deter more keen-eyed intruders from figuring out the trick.
6. Alarm Padlock
This sturdy steel lock sounds a police-grade alarm when tampered with, sending an aspiring burglar scurrying away. Constructed from a mixture of hardened metals, the alarm padlock resists most cutting tools, making it a smart choice for your home.
7. Doorstep Alarm
If you don’t want to deal with locking and unlocking a padlock, this gadget may be the right alternative for you. Like the alarm padlock, the doorstep alarm sounds a boisterous alarm when moved. Simply wedge this gadget snugly under the door and get peace of mind knowing that any intruder brave enough to break in will get an earful of an alarm loud enough to wake the entire neighborhood.